Orion Sang Detroit Free Press Published 4:04 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 Join the conversation by using the hashtag #DetroitGOAT on social media. It’s the debate to end all debates — or to start them! Yes, it’s time to decide, once and for all, who’s the best pro athlete in Detroit team history, here in the Tournament of G.O.A.T. A group of Free Press writers and editors got together and ranked the top 16 Pistons, Lions, Red Wings and Tigers, NCAA-bracket style. Windsor: Debating the greatest player in Detroit pro sports team history With how the second round of voting went, it leaves Red Wings fans with quite possibly the hardest decision so far in the bracket: Steve Yzerman vs. Niklas Lidstrom. The Captain vs. The Perfect Human. It might be the best matchup thus far in all four of the brackets. Each Monday, a round of voting will begin and go through Thursday at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced each Sunday in the Detroit Free Press and on … [Read more...] about Greatest Detroit Red Wings player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT
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Ted Kulfan The Detroit News Published 9:32 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 Go through the gallery above to view the Red Wings' 10 biggest draft hits. Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery. A pro sports organization isn’t going to get every draft pick correct. There are going to be hits — and there will be misses. A team simply hopes there will be more of the hits in the long run. In the Red Wings’ case, there have been misses, no doubt. Especially in the last decade, or so. But the hits — mainly in the glory days during the Wings’ 25-year streak of making the playoffs — were simply astounding. The organization was able to consistently find gems — future Hall of Fame players — in the late rounds, or players who maybe weren’t quite bound for the Hall, but enjoyed long, productive careers. Probably no year, or specifically draft class, produced more for an organization … [Read more...] about Red Wings draft picks: 10 biggest hits
Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 5:03 p.m. UTC Jun 16, 2018 Editor's note: Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Detroit Red Wings' second straight Stanley Cup championship, which came by way of a four-game sweep of the Washington Capitals. Here is Mitch Albom's column the morning after the Wings went back-to-back. WASHINGTON — The first one they won for the city. This one they won for their hearts. A hockey saga that began last summer in yelps of joy, and was interrupted six days later by tears of sadness, has worked itself back around to joy once more, with Red Wings players in a happy mob around the net, another Stanley Cup in tow. But this one was different. It was hard-fought, it was tiring, it was long and sometimes painful. But it was always meant to be. We can see that now. What happened here Tuesday night was less about victory than it was about belief. And so, when the hockey ended, even as the pundits … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings flashback: Mitch Albom on 1998 Stanley Cup victory
Keith Gave Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 1:49 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 In “The Russian Five: A story of espionage, defection, bribery and courage,” Keith Gave, the spy-turned-Detroit Free Press newsman whose clandestine mission to Helsinki, Finland, put the Red Wings’ acquisition of the iconic quintet in motion, shares the pulse-pounding and unforgettable tale of how Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov and Igor Larionov slipped past the Iron Curtain, wound up in crumbling 1990s Detroit, helped build a championship empire and changed the landscape of American hockey forever. This excerpt of the book was provided to the Free Press for publication on the 21st anniversary of the infamous limousine crash that ended Konstaninov's career and also injured Fetisov, team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov and driver Richard Gnida. All four survived. Freddie Mercury’s voice boomed over the loudspeakers … [Read more...] about Limo crash ended Detroit Red Wings’ summer of joy after just 6 days
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 6:41 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 It took no time at all to write in the first name on my list of greatest Detroit Red Wings of all time as we compiled our bracket for the Detroit G.O.A.T. tournament. Numbers two and three, however, I debated. That Gordie Howe is the No. 1 seed is a no-brainer: he is synonymous with the franchise. He is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Among his myriad of accomplishments, he won four Stanley Cups with the Wings. The next two names were going to be Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom – but in which order? I know that if I asked either of them, they would put one another in the No. 2 spot. I ultimately went with Yzerman — like Howe, he came to be the face of the franchise. He was the quiet, unassuming teenager who led the team out of the “Dead Wings” era and onto glory. He was named captain at 21 and served in that role for two decades. He became known … [Read more...] about For Detroit Red Wings G.O.A.T. list, is it Yzerman or Lidstrom No. 2?